Vern Hoscheit
Vernard Arthur Hoscheit
Born: April 1, 1922 at Brunswick, Neb.
Died: June 11, 2007 at Pierce, Neb.
Throws: Right Bats: Right

Non-playing roles with Mets
  • Coach 1984 - 1987

Vern Hoscheit managed the following Mets farm team:
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flushing flash
January 20, 2002
The bullpen coach for the '86 Mets. The 1987 yearbook had quotes from each player and coach, and Hoscheit's was the best:


January 22, 2002
Reminded me of Coach on "Cheers"

Billy Ray Hoscheit
April 17, 2002
Vern turned 80 April 1, 2002. Vern was called "Dad" by most others because of his age and the wisdom he held after a lifetime in baseball. He was a 4 time World Champion. Not bad for a poor farm kid from Nebraska. And it is true that the bus left on time, if you were there or not, when "Dad" was in charge. I am building a tribute site for him to include the great old stories I heard over and over again as a kid.

Larry Burns
May 31, 2002
Was beloved by the team. Like Rube Walker he had a farm in the bullpen. Whenever a player has his pic taken with Vern, they had a huge grin on their face, you knew they loved him.

June 6, 2002
I was at a spring training game at Al Lang Stadium in St Pete, FL in 1984. I believe it was the Mets vs Phillies. A female friend, another couple, and myself were seated front row first base side. We had just been seated before the game started and the bathing suit top my friend was wearing under her shirt was bothering her. She discreetly removed it and placed it in her lap. The male of the second couple suddenly grabbed it and threw it on the field. Not knowing what to do I called to Mr. Hoscheit who was watching pitchers warm up in outfield near us as Al Lang has no bull pen per se. With no words he came over picked it up, gave it back and when I thanked him nodded and smiled. I always wonder if he remembers this, too.

Lifelong Fan
July 9, 2005
Verne! What a crooked walk. The perfect butt to any gag. We loved ya!

Sheri Huigens
August 18, 2005
He would always tell his players and children to bear down and try harder. They all respected him. He use to challenge Dwight Gooden to thow strikes by offering to buy him supper. He was a wonderful coach and father. The players even called him "dad". I am proud to be his daughter.

E James Douglas
October 5, 2006
I was a senior at Carthage College when I met Vern at a ball game. My college career was cut short by a severe lack of talent and still had (have) a passion for the game. I did some bird dogging for Vern and always appreciated the fact that he was interested in what I had to say. Today, at 67, I serve as a hitting instructor for a local high school. Vern taught me that you don`t have to be the greatest talent to be a part of the game. He was with the Orioles then, so it was a great thrill for me to see his successes with the Mets. I`m a Cardinal fan and usually spend some time with Met fans in spring training. They are an interesting lot and I now see why they were so happy when the Birds signed Braden Looper to a 3 year contract. Braden couldn`t close a door. Jim Douglas, Quincy, IL.

Seaver 73
June 12, 2007

My condolences on the passing of your father.

Cathy Jean (Hoscheit) Brodhagen
June 12, 2007
My dad passed away Monday, June 11, 2007 at the age of 85. From throwing flour sacks down in a pasture for bases to World Series games, what a ride life took him on! He was an ambassador for baseball, instilling the love of the game to everyone he coached along the way.

Joe Figliola
July 17, 2007
I was surprised and sad to hear about Vern's passing. He was a great coach and, judging by the bus comment, a pretty quick wit.

My earliest memory of Vern was getting his 1973 Topps baseball card (he appears as one of the coaches with Dick Williams--a nice idea). I think he was the only one of the staff who did not get into a big-league game. When I got another manager card, it also had a coach whose first name was Vern and he didn't play ML ball. So my then 10-year old mind was convinced that if one's first name was Vern, then your chances of playing in the big leagues was moot.

However, Vern had the last laugh. He went on to garner four world championship rings, while great players like Cobb, Williams and Ernie Banks had long careers and never earned one. So my 44-year old mind is convinced that if your first name is Vern and you can get a non-playing job in the major leagues, then your chances of getting a World Series ring are pretty damn good.

Don Booth
April 27, 2011
He gave me my first job taking care of his hunting dogs and ponies while family vacationed. He also taught me how to ride horses. He would take on sleigh rides in the winter pulled by ponies. Kathy and Sheri {daughters} were a big part of my life growing up in Iowa. He was very cool.

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